Former IME President Fred Smith Passes



Frederick P. Smith, the former president of the IME died suddenly on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Fred brought the IME from its long time home in New York City to new offices in Washington, DC in 1979 and served as the chief executive officer for 15 years until his retirement in 1994.  As the president, he broadened the profile of the commercial explosives industry in Washington and expanded the publication of industry safety and security guidelines and recommendations. 

Prior to joining the IME, Fred was the first Chief of the FBI Explosives Laboratory, leading investigations into many high profile bombing cases and mentoring a new generation of FBI and law enforcement bombing investigators throughout the nation.

 Condolences may be sent to Fred's family in care of his daughter, Cabell Schoenfeld, 5803 Gloster Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816. 

Fred's wife, Mary Holmes, can be reached through Cabell.  The family advises that arrangements are being made for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.  Further information will be posted here when available.

Obituary published June 11, 2013 in the Washington Post